Category Archives: Primary

# Shapes!

Shapes!! is a mathematical activity planned for children ages 4-6.  Children will have the opportunity to practice naming, drawing, and building shapes as well as practice counting and planning.  To begin with, each child was given a dry erase board, a marker, and a shape to draw.  Shapes started off simple (square, rectangle) and eventually […]

# Catapult

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: Design a catapult Experiment with the catapult – What is the force needed to reach the furthest distance? Steps: Remember: colors of rods and other pieces may vary kit contains small pieces and may be a choking hazard, intended for ages 6+

# Skyscraper

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: Can you use only 10 spools and 11 blue rods to build a highest building that can stand alone Use any combination of spool and rod to create a skyscraper.   Remember: colors of rods and other pieces may vary kit contains small pieces […]

# The Great Escape and Run Away

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Let the kids explore with inclined plane s, wheel and axle. 2.   Explore  the basic condition to allow the girl to slide from one side to another 3.   Explore the basic condition to make the girl slide safely without falling down along the […]

# Ferris Wheel

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Learn  that complex machines like a ferris wheel makes use of the simple machine – wheel and axle. 2.   Incorporate gear train into ferris wheel, the wheel is turning when we turn a small handle! (Transfer the force of turning the handle to […]

# Crane and Dump Truck

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Steps: Crane Dump Truck Remember: colors of rods and other pieces may vary kit contains small pieces and may be a choking hazard, intended for ages 6+

# Spinning Wheel

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Make a spinning wheel from the Sun  and planet gear model. 2.   Learn to know how the Sun  and planet gear model in apply in our daily life. Steps: Remember: colors of rods and other pieces may vary kit contains small pieces and […]

# Sun and Planet Model

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Learn to know that the Earth revolves around the Sun and rotates by itself at the same time.  The Moon also turns around the Earth and rotates by itself at the same time. 2.   Learn to use Noggin BuilderZ to construct a Sun  […]

# Change of Direction

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: Ask the kids to take note: When there is 1 idler gear, if the DRIVER gear turns clockwise, what is the direction of the FAN?  (clockwise or counterclockwise) When there are 2 idler gears, if the DRIVER gear turn clockwise, what is the direction […]

# Gear Train

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.  Construct many little gear models 2.  Connect the little gear module using 2 end pins 3.  Join as many little gear models to become a gear train, it can be joined in different directions Steps: When there are more than 2 gears, the […]

# Gear Down

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: With the DRIVER as green gear 12T and DRIVEN as red gear 36T The GEAR RATION is 1/3 (green gear makes 3 turns and red gear only makes 1 turn) SPEED is 3 times slower TORQUE  is 3 times more (use less effort to drive heavy […]

# Gear Up

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: With the DRIVER as red gear 36T and DRIVEN as green gear 12T The GEAR RATION is 3/1  (red gear makes only 1 turn and green gear makes 3 turns) SPEED is 3 Times slower TORQUE  is 3 Times Less Gearing Up increases speed […]

# Introduction to Gears

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Learn what is a gear 2.   Learn how to name the gears by its number of teeth 3.   Learn how to name a gear (Driver, Driven, Idler Gear) by its position in a gear train 4.   Learn how to increase, reduce speed, change […]

# Wheel and Axle

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Wheel and Axle Basics Objectives: A wheel and axle has 2 parts to it. The wheel, and the axle! The axle is a rod that goes through and locks to the wheel. It rotates along with the wheel. This lets the wheel turn . A […]

# Lever

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: A lever is basically a long stick that you push or pull against a pivot (fulcrum) to move something. A lever lets you move something heavy (lift load with less effort) or make something go fast We use levers in so many of our […]

# Flag Pole

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Learn to know the things that use pulleys in our daily life. 2.   Learn to make a flag pole using Noggin BuilderZ. 3.   Explore different ways of making a flag pole. 4.   Use imagination and creativity to design your own unique flag pole. […]

# Inclined Plane Tower

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Steps: Use tape to secure the square sponge to the tower if it drops off.  At the same time, drop one disc or a coin from the tower and drop one next to the tower,  which one will reach the ground first?  What is the reason? Why would […]

# Inclined Planes

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: An inclined plane is a flat surface that is  sloped It takes less effort to move or lift something higher. The amount of work is the same: more force x shorter distance = less force x longer distance It will be harder to push […]

# Simple Machines

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Let the Kids learn about simple machines 2.   Learn how simple physics helps make everyday life easier. 3.   Explore a few types of simple machines: inclined plane pulley lever wheel and axle 4.   Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct some simple machines […]

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ advanced activity book Objectives: 1.   Let the kids name the new family members (parts) 2.   Explore with the new family members.  3.   Learn how to connect with other family members 4.  Use creativity and imagination to construct simple items with the new family members. Parts Used: Blue […]

# Scooter

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Scooter Objectives: Stimulate, inspire and nurture creativity Distinctive Characteristics: 1.  Handles  2.  Seat 3. Wheels  Steps: Using Noggin BuilderZ pieces and imagination build a scooter and make the scooter elaborate and high tech. Some ideas are shown below Antenna or laser beam Flower or radar Jet engine […]

# In The City

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Landmarks Objectives: 1.  Understand that there are different landmarks in cities around the world 2.  Be able to observe and tell the distinctive features of the landmark. 3.  Discuss about the advantages and disadvantages (for example, what are the benefits and the problems of a skyscraper) […]

# In The City- Petronas Towers

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Petronas Towers Objectives: 1.  Understand that there are different landmarks in cities around the world 2.  Be able to observe and tell the distinctive features of the landmark. 3.  Discuss about the advantages and disadvantages (for example, what are the benefits and the problems of a […]

# In The City- Taipei 101

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Taipei 101 Objectives: 1.  Understand that there are different landmarks in cities around the world 2.  Be able to observe and tell the distinctive features of the landmark. 3.  Discuss about the advantages and disadvantages (for example, what are the benefits and the problems of a […]

# Dream World- Pirate Ship

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Pirate Ship Objectives: 1.  Make the different types of rides in amusement parks. 2.  Discuss the safety precaution while playing in the amusement park. 3.  Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct different rides and games 4.  Artistic demonstration – beautify and decorate the amusement park. 5.  Modify […]

# Dream World- Ferris Wheel

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Ferris Wheel Objectives: 1.  Make the different types of rides in amusement parks. 2.  Discuss the safety precaution while playing in the amusement park. 3.  Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct different rides and games 4.  Artistic demonstration – beautify and decorate the amusement park. 5.  Modify […]

# Dream World- Bumper Cars

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Bumper Cars Objectives: 1.  Make the different types of rides in amusement parks. 2.  Discuss the safety precaution while playing in the amusement park. 3.  Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct different rides and games 4.  Artistic demonstration – beautify and decorate the amusement park. 5.  Modify […]

# Dream World- Rotating Ride

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Rotating Ride Objectives: 1.  Make the different types of rides in amusement parks. 2.  Discuss the safety precaution while playing in the amusement park. 3.  Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct different rides and games 4.  Artistic demonstration – beautify and decorate the amusement park. 5.  Modify […]

# Dream World- Swing Ride

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Swing Ride Objectives: 1.  Make the different types of rides in amusement parks. 2.  Discuss the safety precaution while playing in the amusement park. 3.  Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct different rides and games 4.  Artistic demonstration – beautify and decorate the amusement park. 5.  Modify […]

# Animal Farm

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Objectives: 1.  Learn  to notice the characteristics of  animals 2.  Construct the animals showing their distinctive characteristics using Noggin BuilderZ. 3.  Ability to distinguish features of the animal constructed 4.  Learn that all animals are living things and we should love them. 5.   Build an animal […]

# Animal Farm- Peacock

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Peacock Objectives: 1.  Learn  to notice the characteristics of  animals 2.  Construct the animals showing their distinctive characteristics using Noggin BuilderZ. 3.  Ability to distinguish features of the animal constructed 4.  Learn that all animals are living things and we should love them. 5.   Build an […]

# Animal Farm- Duck Family

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Duck Family Objectives: 1.  Learn  to notice the characteristics of  animals 2.  Construct the animals showing their distinctive characteristics using Noggin BuilderZ. 3.  Ability to distinguish features of the animal constructed 4.  Learn that all animals are living things and we should love them. 5.   Build […]

# Animal Farm- Tractor Trailer

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Tractor Trailer Objectives: 1.  Learn  to notice the characteristics of  animals 2.  Construct the animals showing their distinctive characteristics using Noggin BuilderZ. 3.  Ability to distinguish features of the animal constructed 4.  Learn that all animals are living things and we should love them. 5.   Build […]

# My House- Kitchen

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Plate Holder Distinctive Characteristics: 1. Slots to hold plates 2. Open, cross design Parts Used: 12 red rods 12 blue rods 4 yellow rods 14 spools 5 pins Steps: Using the pieces and knowledge, make the figure shown below Remember: colors of rods and other pieces […]

# My House- Living Room

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Home Theater Distinctive Characteristics: 1. Large LCD screen 2. Stereo speaker each on left and right 3. DVD player and AV system 4. Table to hold equipment and storage purposes Steps: Using the pieces you’re familiar with, build a home theater that looks like the figure […]

# My House- Study Room

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Stationary Holder Distinctive Characteristics: 1. Compartment to hold stationary and other items. Parts Used: 20 blue rods 7 red squares 12 spools Steps: 1.        2.        3.        4.        Remember: colors of rods and other pieces […]

# My House- Bedroom

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Bunk Beds Distinctive Characteristics: 1. Upper bed 2. Lower bed 3. Ladder to climb up Parts Used: 4 green rods 5 blue rods 2 yellow rods 8 spools red rectangle foam 5 red rods 12 holders 4 rubber pins 4 heads Steps: Upper Bed 1.   […]

# My House- Dining Room

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Teapot and Teacups Distinctive Characteristics: 1. Pot with long spout, handle and lid 2. Cups with handles Parts Used: 18 double pins 13 spools 6 holders 2 blue rods 1 rubber pin 1 disc Steps: For teapot 1.        2.        3. […]

# My House- Playroom

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Game Table Distinctive Characteristics: 1. Table 2. Chair Parts Used: 2 blue rods 2 green rods red rectangle foam 4 pins 3 double pins 3 discs 7 spools Steps: 1.        2.        3.        4.        5. […]

# Inside My House

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Objectives: 1.   Learn and name household items. 3.   Learn to tell the characteristics of an item. 4.   Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct items found in the house. 5.   Use imagination and creativity to design models that you want to place in your house. 6.   Artistic demonstration […]

# My House

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book   Objectives: 1.   Learn to draw a plan of a house. 2.   Learn the items in different places of the house like oven and refrigerator in the kitchen, bookshelf in the study room, etc. 3.   Use Noggin BuilderZ to construct items found in the house. 4.   […]

# 3D Shapes and Games

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Objectives: 1.   Build basic shape of triangle and square. 2.   Explore other geometrical shapes that can be derived from basic triangles and squares. 3.   Let the kids understand that many things around us have basic geometrical shapes. 4.   Use imagination and creativity to design models or […]

# Square Shapes

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Objectives: 1.   Build basic shape of triangle and square. 2.   Explore other geometrical shapes that can be derived from basic triangles and squares. 3.   Let the kids understand that many things around us have basic geometrical shapes. 4.   Use imagination and creativity to design models or […]

# Triangle Shapes

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Objectives: 1.   Build basic shape of triangle. 2.   Explore other geometrical shapes that can be derived from basic triangles and squares. 3.   Let the kids understand that many things around us have basic geometrical shapes. 4.   Use imagination and creativity to design models or games derived […]

# Meeting New Family Members

This activity was taken from the Noggin BuilderZ intermediate activity book Let’s start by introducing the new family members                             Ball                                           […]

# House that Jack Built

Step one: begin reading story “The House that Jack Built” Step two: As the story goes follow along with child by building each step of the house. Step three: complete house and story by asking child if they can recall the steps of building the house.

# Throw-Eez Throwing Game

Step 1- Have kids make 1  square out of each of the 4 different lengths of Think-EEZ (so you will have a large green, small green, large cream, small cream square) Step 2- Put your cloth materials down on the ground and place the squares on it from largest to smallest square (smallest being farther away) […]

# What’s that Lettercscart_ A Letter Recognition Game

This is a great letter recognition game.  It can be used with children as young as 4, who are just learning their letters, but can be adapted to include phonics and be used with children as old as 8. Activity Setup:  Put the rods and connectors in the middle of the floor and sit in […]

# Tic Tac Toe

We used the large green toobeez attached with balls to make a tic tac toe board.  then to play the game, use the balls as O’s and 2 small green toobeez laid on top of each other to make X’s. Some additional ideas to make this work for a large group of kids would be […]

# Intersecting Lines

Intersecting lines are lines that cross each other.  Please illustrate intersecting lines. This is is great. It looks like you understand the concept, but we are working in three dimensions right now. Technically, those lines are on different planes and may not intersect. We are not going to get into planes right now, but we […]

# Lines, segments, and rays

Build me a line .   What is a line?  Answer a line goes on forever in two directions.   We are going to use the yellow balls at the end to show an end to a line.  Now build me a line.   What  is a segment?  A segment is a part of a […]

# Geometry Unit Review

You will need paper, pencil, and your notes or a resource such as your iPad. Option 1:  Please write a short essay explaining how geometry plays a roll in engineering and design. Explain how geometry can assist us in building stable structures.   Option 2:  Discuss angles and describe whether angles would have the same […]

# Flat Polygons

There are many many different types of polygons. Today we are going to work with many types of flat polygons. We are going to start out with building a triangle. I would like for you to build one triangle for me.  In two previous lessons we already learned something about the triangle we have already […]

# Polygons with Volume

Build a polygon and ask: What type of polygon is it? How many dimensions does it have? Can we make it have volume? How can we create volume? What is volume?   Spend your time making three-dimensional polygons. Pay attention to the obstacles that you find has your building.     If you were a […]

# Right Triangle Geometry Lesson

We know we can absolutely make right triangles.  Why do we know we can definitely make a right triangle? The two forms of right triangles are isosceles right triangles and scalene right triangles. An isosceles right triangle has a right triangle into equal length sides.  A scalene right triangle has one right angle and no same length […]

# Triangle Degrees Lesson

In this triangles lesson, we’ll discuss the three different types of triangles. There are equilateral triangles, isosceles triangles, and right triangles. Do you know what it is to be an isosceles, right, and equilateral triangle? Your challenge is to build one isosceles triangle, one right triangle, and one equilateral triangle. Your child should find that […]

# Active Listening

Active listening and hearing are two different things.  Hearing is to realize there was a noise, but to actively listen means that you were thinking and interpreting the noise.  It is analytical and requires discerning what you heard and what it meant.   This can be done in groups of 2 or more as long […]

# PolyYurts

After learning all about polygons, polyhedrons and Sierpinski Triangles, we can move onto a new fun shape: PolyYurts! Start with a polygon shape as the base (help as needed – great time to talk about what makes it a polygon!), and let the kids problem-solve how to build up from there. For example,  a HexaYurt […]

# Polygon and Polyhedron Activity

Step 1: Depending on the level and interest, start with simple figures like a triangle, square, or pentagon, then move to a hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon.  Using the shorter rods may be easier as the polygons get more complex.  Discuss what makes a polygon and what changes happen as they increase in complexity. Here […]

# Activity Books

What started out as a specialty toy has quickly grown into a favorite tool with trainers and facilitators.  When you combine the toy with the specially designed activities, it helps to break down intradepartmental barriers, and create a more cohesive group culture. You can use them as an ice breaker or design an entire event around them. All Activities […]